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Title Lost champions : four men, two teams, and the breaking of pro football's color line / Gretchen Atwood.
Author Atwood, Gretchen, author.
Publication New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-260) and index.
Contents First quarter -- The last word -- City of angels -- Moore's Ford Bridge -- Offside -- Assault -- Second quarter -- Black lightning -- Backlash -- Champions -- Shots fired -- Third quarter -- 92 yards -- Frozen out -- Undefeated -- Jackie -- Cleveland's year -- Good-bye -- Fourth quarter -- Younger -- Swan song -- Spring training -- Goalposts -- Overtime -- On history.
Summary Many know the story of Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball in 1947. But few know that the NFL integrated a year earlier, when Kenny Washington stepped on the field for the Los Angeles Rams. He wasn't the only one. Four men broke pro football's color line in 1946, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns. Lost Champions traces this history from the early 1930s'when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players'through pro football's re-integration, to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other in a showdown of the most prolific and advanced offenses pro football had ever seen.But the battle wasn't just waged on the gridiron. Lost Champions shows how efforts to integrate sports sits within the often-ignored history of the civil rights movement in the 1940s. The four players faced animosity and death threats for their role in integration while they and all black Americans were threatened in 1946 by a spike in lynchings, threat of legal expulsion from their own homes, and segregation all the way down to the simple act of going to an amusement park for a bit of relaxation. Finally, Lost Champions explains why these men and their stories have for so long languished in the shadow of Jackie Robinson, and why they too deserve widespread acclaim for integrating what is arguably the most popular sport in America.
Note Print version record.
Subject Cleveland Browns (Football team : 1946-1995) -- History.
Los Angeles Rams (Football team : 1946-1994) -- History.
Motley, Marion, 1920-1999.
Washington, Kenny, 1918-1971.
Strode, Woody.
Willis, Bill, 1921-2007.
Football -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre Electronic books.
Subject HISTORY / United States / General.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Motley, Marion, 1920-1999. (OCoLC)fst01941888
Strode, Woody. (OCoLC)fst00265674
Washington, Kenny, 1918-1971. (OCoLC)fst01942848
Willis, Bill, 1921-2007. (OCoLC)fst01947056
Cleveland Browns (Football team : 1946-1995) (OCoLC)fst00558274
Los Angeles Rams (Football team : 1946-1994) (OCoLC)fst00512397
Discrimination in sports. (OCoLC)fst00895130
Football. (OCoLC)fst00931362
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Atwood, Gretchen. Lost champions. New York : Bloomsbury, 2016 9781620406007 (DLC) 2016010118 (OCoLC)956379043
ISBN 9781620406021 (electronic bk.)
1620406020 (electronic bk.)

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